'Upgrade' to G5

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by stuartm, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. stuartm macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2007
    I currently have a G4 1Ghz with additional 120gb hard drive and 4 x 512MBDDR SD ram cards.

    It cant now take 10.5 or 6 and is really slow at watching streamed video on iPlayer etc.

    Ive been offered a G5 1.8ghz single processor but its hard drive is small and its memory too is a bit lacking. But Im assuming that this will help my iPlayer viewing better than my g4 as it has a slightly faster processor? but is my memory cards and hard drive on my G4 transferable to the G5 so I can add the memory and the HD that I already have?

    Any help would be appreciated, would love to go to latest mac models but budget never allows.
  2. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2009
    United Kingdom
    If your G4 is a single 1Ghz, youll see a big boost (50% extra speed from the CPU and probably more from the internal speed boost from faster HDs etc) - The G5 cannot take your G4s HDDs unless they are SATA - if you need to transfer data you can use the Optical Drives connection as far as I know (Not sure tho) - luckily SATA drives are quite cheap. Also, I think the RAM may be different (unless its a Mirror Drive Door in which case I think its transferable).
  3. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    If it's free, sure. Otherwise you'd be better off trying to get your hands on a used Intel Mac Mini, depending on price.
  4. stuartm thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2007
    Thanks for the replies. Im in luck it seems as yes its a mirror door and also the HD on my G4 are of the SATA type. transfer of stuff should be okay via my external WD drive,
  5. stuartm thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2007
    This may seem really obvious but how can I tell if my old G4 is dual or single processor.
    Im assuming that if I go to "about mac" and its showing cpu:1 then thats a single processor?

    Also does anyone know if the G5 single processor 1.8ghz can take OS 10.5.5?

  6. Nameci macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2010
    The Philippines...
    Anything above 867MHz can run leopard... yes to answer the question, on 1.8GHz it would run.

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